Israel announced on Tuesday the remains of one soldier presumed to have been killed in Gaza on Sunday had not been recovered.
Sgt. Oron Shaul went missing on Sunday.
His photo was tweeted out by the terrorists.
The IDF identified the missing soldier as 21-year-old Sgt. Oron Shaul from Poria.
An Israeli soldier is missing in the Gaza Strip and presumed dead, local media quoted the Israeli military as saying, as Israeli airstrikes hit targets in the enclave and diplomatic efforts intensified to end more than two weeks of fighting.
Israel’s Channel 10 News on Tuesday said the military believed the soldier, identified as Oron Shaul, was killed along with six other troops in an attack on an armoured vehicle on Sunday. However, the army has only identified six bodies.
Military sources believe that Hamas has his dog tags or uniform.
“If a soldier has been captured, this will deal a blow to the Israeli army,” Al Jazeera’s Kim Vinnell, reporting from West Jerusalem, said.
“It would give Palestinian fighters a significant leverage in the conflict,” she said.
The latest development came two days after Hamas announced it had captured a soldier during clashes, but did not say whether he was dead or alive.
Abu Ubaida, the spokesman of the Hamas’s armed wing, said the soldier was seized in heavy fighting on the Gaza border on Sunday.
He displayed a photo ID and army serial number of the man, but showed no image of him in their hands.
The Shaul family still has hope their son is alive.
Palestinian terrorists announced they had captured an Israeli soldier Sunday in Gaza.
Fireworks and shouts of “Allahu Akbar!” from local loudspeakers followed the news report.
Palestinians celebrate on Sunday after Hamas’ armed wing announced the capture of an Israeli soldier. (Maan News)
UPDATE: Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Misri, among the terrorists released in the Gilad Shalit deal announced Israel will have to pay a price for any tidbit of information.